When selecting an area rug , make sure that it extends under all the key pieces of furniture in the room. In a living room, for instance, all of the furniture should be on top of the rug . However, all the legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug .
Illustrated by Crystal Osborn. In a big open-plan space, the rug should sit under the front legs of both the sofas – or if you have a large rug , then both sofas can sit completely atop the rug . If you have chairs in the space as well, then the front legs of the chair should be touching or “hovering” on the rug .
Add More Than One Rug Once you have decided on a room and a color scheme, find rugs that are similar in color and style. Remember, the colors don’t have to be an exact match, just similar hues. You can also use the same rug more than once in the same room, as long as it matches the furniture .
General Rules: Make sure your rug is at least 6″ wider (8″ is ideal) than your sofa on both sides. Typically run the rug the length of the sofa . Give 30″ to 36″ of a walkway between large furniture pieces (if your living room allows for it) if not then at least 18″-24″. That will help to inform your rug size .
If the area rug runs under the entire furniture set, then the end tables should be on the area rug . When possible, all the legs of smaller furniture, like end tables , should be on the area rug . If the area rug only runs under a portion of the furniture, then it’s best to keep the end tables off the area rug .
Almost every shade of blue works well with grey , but deep dark blues are especially gorgeous next to it. Pairing a grey couch with a rich navy blue rug will create a really sophisticated look (that will be even better with small gold accents throughout the room).
Place the rug in the centre of the living room (under your ottoman or coffee table) and place (at least) the front legs of your your sofa and armchairs on the rug too so that the rug disappears underneath the furniture, and the furniture frames the area . This makes for a cleaner more aesthetic appearance.
Keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug’s edges. Selecting a rug for the living room usually comes down to three choices: 5×8, 8×10, or 9×12. Some size guides recommend that either all the furniture rests on the rug , or all the furniture, except for the coffee table, is placed completely off the rug .
The most important thing to remember when coordinating area rugs in an open floor plan is that they should share a similar color palette or at least have one or two colors in common. Color is the key element that will create harmony in your open floor plan .
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind. Darker colors are better for covering wood stains. If your home has dark wood flooring, a similarly dark colored rug may be a wise investment. If you want your area rug to be the main focus of the room, choose a brighter color rug to go with softer, muted walls and furniture.
You don’t need to stress over matching your curtains exactly to your walls, sofa , or carpet. In fact, using a different color can actually add visual interest to the room, breaking up the walls so that the curtains don’t “disappear.” You should also avoid colors that clash too strongly (like green and red).
Rugs that exceed the edges of the furniture can make a room appear larger. However, unlike matching your rug with the colors on a wall , your floor will speak loud if those colors clash. The easy way is to stick with the same color palette but change the design. You can also start with a natural rug and work from there.
The size of an area rug can dramatically alter the room’s overall effect. A rug that is too large for the room can , paradoxically, make the room feel smaller. The right-sized area rug will bring warmth and balance to the room, creating the perfect finishing touch.
In general, the rule of thumb is to allow approximately 18 inches of exposed floor space around the perimeter of an area rug , however the overall size and location of the room should also be taken into consideration.
For a 6-chair rectangular dining table, you would typically need a rectangular 8 x 10 feet rug. A good size for an 8-chair rectangular dining table is about 9 x 12 feet. For a round or square, 4-chair dining table, you should look at a square rug that measures 8 x 8 feet or a round rug measuring 8 feet in diameter.